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Technically Speaking

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Technically Speaking: Recommended Tree Injection Practices

Just like humans can benefit from a shot when they’re feeling under the weather, tree injections can be a helpful tool when it comes to restoring or maintaining a tree’s overall health. First introduced in the 1970s, tree injections have become widely accepted as a tree health care service. These targeted injections can provide protect […]

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The center portion of this rose is affected by rose rosette disease showing leaf distortion and discoloration.
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Technically Speaking: How to Control Rose Rosette Disease

Rose rosette disease is a condition that attacks roses, causing them to develop strange, deformed stems, leaves, and flowers. Rose species and rose hybrids are the only suitable hosts for the disease, with its primary host being the multiflora rose. As of now, there is no cure for rose rosette disease, making it an incredible […]

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Technically Speaking: Identifying and Avoiding Poisonous Plants 

Landscape crews are far more likely to encounter poisonous plants than the general population so it’s important they know how to identify and reduce their exposure to them. According to OSHA, 85 percent of the population develops an allergy if exposed to poison oak, poison ivy or poison sumac. Even if a worker didn’t have […]

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Technically Speaking: The Art of Mowing Patterns

Sports fields are often known for their lush swaths of green grass with perfect stripes or mowing patterns. However, mowing patterns aren’t limited to just athletic fields. You can make your client’s property the envy of the neighborhood with the right steps. Lawn striping can be used to accentuate certain parts of the property or […]

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Technically Speaking: The Importance of Soil Testing

When you take on a new lawn care client, you may think you know what products should be applied based on what you’re seeing in the turf. However, there is a lot more going on than meets the eye and this is where soil tests come in. “It’s like going to the doctor,” says Mike […]

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Technically Speaking: Conducting Rejuvenation Pruning

Many landscape shrubs grow larger than the location where they are planted. When these shrubs get out of hand, it is best to conduct rejuvenation pruning to bring them back to an appropriate size. Regular pruning to keep a plant at an acceptable height can cause shrubs to get twiggy and ugly. “To correct this, […]

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Technically Speaking: To Deadhead or Not to Deadhead

Nothing is quite luxurious as having a landscape filled with beautiful flowers blooming and if you’re wanting to extend the length of the blooming season for your customers, deadheading can help achieve this. Deadheading is the practice of removing spent blooms from flowering plants. It refreshes a plant’s appearance, controls seed dispersal and redirects their […]

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Technically Speaking: Extending Your Mower’s Lifespan

During the peak of the mowing season, the last thing you want to experience is downtime. By following a number of best practices, you can mitigate downtime and extend your mower’s lifespan. When it comes down to it, the main principle is if you take good care of your equipment it will last you much […]

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Technically Speaking: Common Lawn Diseases to Watch For

Lawn diseases are unsightly and unwanted in any customer’s yard. They can also be a challenge to identify properly as drought and pest-damaged lawns can look like diseased turf. Fungal pathogens are the culprit behind lawn diseases and for a lawn disease to truly take hold the right conditions, a vulnerable grass plant, and a […]

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Technically Speaking: Mulch Matters

Mulch is a helpful tool used to suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate soil temperatures in your customers’ flower beds. Naturally, some people assume if something is good, even more is better. This is not the case. Having too thick of a layer of mulch can prevent water and nutrients from reaching the plant roots. […]

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